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mittimus

[ mit-uh-muhs ]
/ ˈmɪt ə məs /
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noun, plural mit·ti·mus·es.Law.

a warrant of commitment to prison.
a writ for removing a suit or a record from one court to another.

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Origin of mittimus

1400–50; late Middle English <Latin: we send, first word of such a writ; see remit
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mittimus
/ (ˈmɪtɪməs) /

noun plural -muses

law a warrant of commitment to prison or a command to a jailer directing him to hold someone in prison

Word Origin for mittimus

C15: from Latin: we send, the first word of such a command
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